March 26, 2013
by Ralph Barker
(They can destroy your future)
Against logic there is no armor like ignorance -Laurence J. Peter
Don’t believe for a second that the ignorance of others doesn’t threaten your well being. Your future is in their hands. The growing mass of ignorant voters has become an invisible majority that elects leaders who will keep them, and you, on the plantation. They simply don’t know any better. By default, they are useful idiots who pose an imminent danger for us all.
Laurence Peter’s quotation above is so true. How do you fight ignorance? How do you win over a person who has no knowledge of the issue you discuss, but is willing to almost kill you over it? This is a very common occurrence when talking politics or religion. Emotion rules! Logic is not allowed!
In America today, ignorance abounds. Ignorance is like a dew of obliviousness that blankets our land. It’s so pervasive it smothers those who actually know what is going on in the world.
Many times, armed with facts and logic, I have engaged someone over an issue. The result has often been to be rebuffed and attacked with hostile emotion backed by nothing but ignorance. Apparently, people who fit this description are now the majority of voters. This is terribly sad and incredibly dangerous to America’s future. I hate to appeal to dead men, but what would Jefferson, Franklin, and Hancock think?
There is a big difference between stupid and ignorance, too. It is possible to fix ignorance, but it is difficult to do. You can’t fix stupid. Therefore, its not a good use of time or effort trying to capture the stupid vote.
We have to use our resources to convert the ignorant. This is an uphill battle with the current state of public education, media propaganda, and a stable full of lying politicians (yes there are some great exceptions, but few). How do we, the little people, overcome such massive obstacles?
Benjamin Franklin said, “The only thing more expensive than education is ignorance.” He’s right and we are currently paying a big price for what now is the norm among too many voters. They don’t know the issues. They are uninformed, but ready to vote for their man or woman for all the wrong reasons. I honestly don’t care whether President Obama is black or not, but millions do and they voted for him for no other reason. In the video below, you will witness this attitude.
Let me share just a couple of examples of the ignorance that roams our land. Recently, Jimmy Kimmel did a street interview segment on his television show called “The confusing question of the day.” His objective was to see what the average American knew about the sequester issue. You can watch the video of the interviews here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gXOV_XWJck. I guess in the name of full disclosure I should mention these interviewees are from California. Oh well! What starts there comes to your hometown soon.
The result of the interviews was that no one knew what sequester was but had definite opinions on it. The question was phrased thusly: “What do you think about Obama pardoning the sequester and sending it to Portugal?” After I watched this, I wanted to turn off the lights and hide. These are American adults that are free to roam and reproduce. Please send the Zombies at least I can shoot them! I guess I can. Is that legal?
A National Geographic survey conducted in 2005 revealed: …Displaying even greater ignorance, when asked to find ten U.S. states on the map, only 89 percent could find Texas and California and only 51 percent could locate New York. When asked to locate sixteen countries on a world map, these geographic ‘wide-awakes’ could only find seven of the sixteen. Twenty nine percent couldn’t find the diminutive PACIFIC OCEAN! Eleven percent couldn’t even find their own country, the UNITED STATES on the world map! These kids will soon receive the right to vote. That should scare the hell out of you.
The study by the new McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum found that 22 percent of Americans could name all five Simpson family members, compared with just 1 in 1,000 people who could name all five First Amendment freedoms.” I might be in trouble. I can’t name but one Simpson. Does OJ count?
On August 26, 2010, the Examiner.com reported, By far the greatest threat to U.S. national security is the willful unapologetic ignorance of the average American citizen. The average American tends to not care about everything that does not affect them directly. It is a worldwide recognizable trait that all other people of the world seem to know except Americans.
There is another segment of our population that displays another form of ignorance that adds to the problem. The Christian community is infested with several dynamics that contribute to the demise of our country.
First, a very large group of Christians from many denominations are obsessed with the end times. Prophecy-oriented preachers and writers like Tim Lahaye and Hal Lindsey have earned tens of millions of dollars raising the “end times” alarm. The result of this has been to paralyze a large part of the Christian voting block.
This is true because some are convinced Jesus’ return is imminent so why get involved. Some are convinced that politics is dirty so they shouldn’t vote. And others are so heavenly minded they are no earthly good. Combined, these dropouts give elections to the bad guys. I won’t even explore the fact that millions of Christians vote for the bad guys. Go figure that one out.
Finally, when you discover what Americans don’t know about the U.S. Constitution, including those in Congress, it’s depressing. Constitutional studies are rarely taught in schools anymore except in passing. Yet, in some cases, teachers spend up to three weeks teaching Sharia law! God help us.
So, what’s the answer to all of this? Again, it is education, but the powers that be in this country including the NEA, our politicians, and liberal groups are against it. If people understood the issues it would threaten those in power. They rely on our ignorance.
I seem to return to the same point over time. God is in control. We get what we deserve. God can save us if He will. The state won’t. The state can’t.
Two powerful thoughts from the Scriptures:
Hosea 4:6: My people perish for a lack of knowledge
Proverbs 9:11: But through knowledge the righteous will be delivered